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Bernie Sanders Condemns the Democratic Party’s Current Direction (Video)

Speaking to 4,000 at the People’s Summit in Chicago, the Vermont senator calls the Democrats’ strategy an “absolute failure” and points to a progressive way forward.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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National Insecurity


Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE

What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America


A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Despite Hundreds of Arrests, Striking Workers Remain Undaunted in Fight for $15 Minimum Wage


The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers’ solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE

‘We Can Beat This Guy’: Bernie Sanders Urges Mass Mobilization Against Donald Trump’s Agenda


“It’s not a question of us working with Trump. It’s a question of Trump working with us.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide


Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

‘Tired of Waiting’ for Politicians, Voters in Four States Put Minimum Wage on the Ballot


In Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington, polls show strong support for the measures, as voters say a wage increase is “long overdue and desperately needed.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE

Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’


The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for well below minimum wage.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

What Does Wal-Mart Have to Do With the 2016 Election?


With over $480 billion in total annual revenue, the U.S.’ largest private employer wields immense power just in how it treats its workers at home and abroad. Their struggle for dignity and rights will continue after the last ballots are counted in November.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise


The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE

The GOP Isn’t Just Taking Aim at Reproductive Rights — It’s After Women’s Very Economic Survival


While the phrase has faded in this election year go-round, the war on women has not.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

California Reaches Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour


Numerous statewide polls have suggested that voters would approve a minimum wage proposal—perhaps even a more sweeping version—which forced lawmakers to take swift action.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

Carl’s Jr. Wants to Replace Human Workers With Bots to Save Money and Increase Profits


Machines are “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case,” says the parent company’s $17,192-a-day chief executive.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE

Canada Set to Test Basic-Income Concept


Our northern neighbor has decided to experiment with an idea already gaining popularity in Switzerland, Germany and Finland.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE

Minimum Wage, Minimum Chance: On Being Nickel-and-Dimed in 2016


When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about income inequality, and when other candidates speak about the minimum wage and food stamps, what are they really talking about?

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE

Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge


What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE

Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016


This is the year to make all wages living wages.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE

What to Expect From the U.S. Economy in 2016—Hint: Does the Word ‘Recession’ Ring a Bell?


Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but this economist will hazard a guess.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE

The Third Democratic Debate: The Gloves Come Off


Two issues dominated the opening of the third and last Democratic presidential debate of 2015: the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach controversy, and foreign policy—namely how to deal with Islamic State. (Updated)

Posted on Dec 19, 2015 READ MORE

Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage


Mr. Trump, take it from someone who has lived most of her life below the poverty line: Minimum wage is a starvation wage for many low-income individuals and families.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

Can All of the World’s Data Really Be Locked Safely Inside DNA?


Researchers believe all the digital information in the world could be kept in the “amount of liquid in a case of wine”; smartphones have turned humans into “deadwalkers”; meanwhile, Paul Ryan unintentionally highlighted the need for raising the minimum wage in his first speech as speaker of the House. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant


The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE

Why Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour, Even If It Risks Job Loss, Is the Right Thing to Do


Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a “job killer”? Yet maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made—and on this issue, as with many others historically, it can.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?


The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

New York State Approves $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers


On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration approved legislation that will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

Amazon Offers Free Delivery of Workplace Hell


Both low-paid and elite workers at Amazon and other companies are being pushed to their limits. Without unions to protect them from the brutality of corporate demands, workers are at the mercy of Jeff Bezos and his ilk.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021


Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Suggests the Minimum Wage Is a Local Issue


Though she has declined to say what she thinks is the ideal national minimum wage, the Democratic presidential candidate has implied that it might differ from place to place—and thus she would not push for an increase if she were president.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Workers Who Won $15 an Hour in Los Angeles


The pay raise will benefit government and the city’s economy as a whole, researchers say. Those who rallied for this important change have helped many others while helping themselves.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Posted on May 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour


A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want Obama to Join the ‘Fight for $15’ to Raise Minimum Wage


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The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives’ biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

Raising the Minimum Wage Is Step One in Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not Only the Few


A basic moral principle that most Americans agree on is no one who works full time should be in poverty, nor should their family.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Judge Throws Out Disorderly Conduct Case Against Kshama Sawant


A SeaTac city judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and two other defendants Friday, saying police—not protesters—blocked traffic during a demonstration over wages.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

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‘I’m Tired All the Time’: What Minimum Wage Feels Like

Sabrina Johnson and Edith Figueroa are among tens of thousands of fast-food workers who have mobilized under the banner of the “Fight for $15” to demand better wages and the right to form a union.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE

How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Low-Wage Workers Forced to Slog Through ‘Snowmageddon’


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A huge blizzard is ravaging the East, causing thousands of flight cancellations, school closures, at least one death so far and general chaos. Many of those making minimum wage or less are forced to choose whether to venture into the cold or lose their jobs.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

We Made Progress in 2014, but There’s Far More to Do in 2015 (Video)


We’ve made progress this past year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE

Protesters Bring Reality to Black Friday Shopping Sprees


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Interrupting America’s shopping frenzy on the sacred capitalist holiday of Black Friday, protesters flooded malls and Walmarts from Ferguson to Los Angeles, bringing news of racism and labor exploitation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE

Walmart Employees Go Hungry Working for the Richest Family in America


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The Walton family control $145 billion in personal wealth, an amount equivalent to the bottom 42 percent of all Americans. Their employees, meanwhile, depend on food banks and taxpayer-funded welfare programs to survive.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage


The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

Some Surprisingly Progressive Outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections


We all knew Republicans would take control of the Senate, but American voters had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

Why the Midterm Elections Should Matter Especially to Women

If Republicans take over Congress on Tuesday, the economic position of women will take a major hit.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?


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Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tim Cook, Midterms, and Fast-Food Wages in Denmark

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists agree that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s (at right) announcement that he’s gay is historic. Meanwhile, the “war on women” isn’t playing in the midterm elections and fast food workers in Denmark are making about $20 per hour.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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